How Your AC Works in The Summer

How Your AC Works in The Summer

The one thing that most everyone looks forward to is summer.  Whether it be a child so that school is out, a couple whose have a vacation planned, or whatever the reason.  The one thing that most do not look forward to is sweating in the heat outside.  Summer brings sunshine skies, and that sun can definitely get hot real fast.


So what do we look forward to besides a cool glass of iced cold lemonade or sweet ice tea?  Having nice, cool air conditioning in our home.  We have definitely become spoiled since central air conditioning had been found, especially down here in Houston, Texas with our hot and humid months.


If you look at different AC units and systems, you will notice that they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Though they may not always look the exact same, they function the same way.  How air conditioners have function is using simple science and putting it to work for us.


Air conditioning systems are set up to where they draw the hot air in your home out though most people figure that they push cold air in.  AC systems use the chemicals, which are also known as refrigerants that switch back and forth from liquid to gas.


What these refrigerants do is soak the heat from the home and bring it outside, and push cool air back into the home.  These refrigerants are most commonly R-410A and R-22.


There are three parts that make up an entire air conditioning system.  It’s a two-part system that uses these three parts to successfully bring cool air into your home.  The evaporator is found inside your home and the compressor and condenser are located in the unit outside your home.


What happens with the evaporator part in the inside AC unit is that there are fans that bring the air across it.  The cold, liquid refrigerant within the coils will absorb the heat out of the air and then that cooled air is pushed through the fans that then travel through the air ducts.  The air ducts then distributes the cooled air throughout the entire house.


The next step is the liquid refrigerant then heats up and then changes into a gas.  The refrigerant in gas form is then moved into the compressor, which compresses the gas that raises the temperature and pressure.


The gas or vapor that is not pressurized then passes over the condenser.  When the heat radiates away and it is condensed back into a liquid.  Most air conditioner condensers have these thin, metal fins that are packed tightly together.  What these fins do is help dissipates the heat quickly and efficiently.


What happens next is that the now cooled refrigerant that is liquid form again cycles back into the inside AC unit to the evaporator.  From there the process starts all over again and continually repeats itself until the house inside is at the desired temperature.  Your thermostat is what tells the air conditioner the temperature that you wish for the inside of your home to be.


If your air conditioning system is not operating correctly or is in need of its annual maintenance to prevent potential issues, please contact us today to schedule your appointment.  Do not be strand in the blasting heat of Houston, Texas summer without AC.


Autumn Mechanical
18812 Tomato St.
Spring, TX 77379
(713) 864-8368
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